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EFF slates Zuma's attempt to reach out to Marikana victims

The EFF described Zuma's plan to discuss compensation with Marikana victims as 'a cheap publicity stunt'.

FILE: A cross erected on the Koppie after the massacre as a symbol of the lives lost in Marikana. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Wednesday described President Jacob Zuma's commitment to discuss compensation with the victims and families of the Marikana shootings as a 'cheap and insensitive publicity stunt'.

The Presidency has this week committed to meeting with the family members of the 44 people killed during an unprotected strike at the Lonmin Platinum company in Marikana before the end of January next year.

The EFF has also lashed out at Zuma for making the announcement through the media and not consulting with lawyers for the families who have already filed court papers for a civil suit against the state.

The party was one of the political parties that supported a legal bid to force government to pay for the lawyers of the families of the Marikana massacre.

Now, the party is accusing the Presidency of causing more trauma for the families, who have not yet been compensated, more than three years after the tragedy

It calls on workers and South Africans affected by the massacre not to trust the government until compensation is finalised.

The round table meeting is supposed to be held before 29 January 2016.

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